Executive coaching, Leadership

Be More Specific

By Patricia Wheeler


Dominic, visibly shaken, entered my office.  He had called in a panic earlier.  He was a big man with a slight Eastern European accent, a brilliant scientist who was now tasked with supervising other scientists on his team.  He called because he knew my specialty is working with leaders from highly technical backgrounds.  He was fearful of being fired.  He and his wife now had a young son to support and the stakes were high.  He needed to keep this job.

His problem was a common one.  A subordinate, formerly a peer, was challenging Dominic’s leadership, criticising him openly to peers and superiors.  Dominic feared this scientist, a well-known researcher whom the company could ill afford to lose, would turn his boss against him.

Find out how Patricia coached Dominic on this challenge in the February edition of the Worldwide Coaching Magazine.

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